Welcome to the latest entry in my Mando Spotlight series, a series where I discuss a part of Mandalorian lore from the official Star Wars canon. In this week's edition, I will discuss Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian to become a Jedi.
Who is Tarre Vizsla? Tarre is a Mandalorian from House Vizsla. According to Mandalorian legend, he is the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. This was during the Old Republic era, thousands of years before the events of EPISODES I-VIII.
Tarre Vizsla, during his time as a Jedi, created the one of a kind lightsaber known as the Darksaber. This black bladed lightsaber was first seen in the television series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. It was wielded by Pre Vizsla (pictured below).
The legacy of Tarre Vizsla: After Tarre's death, the Jedi kept his lightsaber at their Jedi Temple on Coruscant. During the fall of the Old Republic, members of House Vizsla would steal the Darksaber from the Jedi Temple. The Darksaber would go on to become the symbol for the leader of House Vizsla, and later the Death Watch.
Where can you learn about Tarre Vizsla? Unfortunately, very little is known about the character Tarre Vizsla. Though his story is, so far, unknown, it is an important piece of Mandalorian and Jedi history (and we know their history isn't a friendly one). As of right now, the character's only appearance comes in the form of a flashback in the STAR WARS REBELS episode "Trials of the Darksaber."
You can see Tarre's descendent, Pre Vizsla, in the television series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, where he is voiced by Jon Favreau. Until next time. For Mandalore!